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RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

The tanks on a 8801 are inside so depending on how cold outside and how warm you keep the inside shouldn't be a problem. The windows and vent may drip condensation on you but for a night you could handle it. Make sure you have full propane to keep the heater going. It shouldn't be a problem keeping the heater going. If it isn't safe I certainly wouldn't go to sleep with on. Not sure about what yours burns but you should have plenty of propane for a day or two and I would guess more. If you don't want the hassle of worrying about freeze issues, go with it winterized. You will need to keep some heat inside to keep items in the cabinets from freezing.
Joe417 09/12/22 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Magnetec converter part

That is a high wattage resistor. It is about 2 to 2.5 inches long so I will guess in the 25 to 50 watt range. The value/part number is probably on the back side or bottom. You'll have to drill out the rivet to verify. That resistor is probably $10 to $15 dollars. Now for the opinion.... I can't speak for newer Magnetek converters, but I have worked on several old Magnetek converters, 2004 and older, and I would not fix it. The output was not filtered and controlled like todays converters. I suggest replacing with a modern Progressive Dynamics multi-stage or another brand of equivalent output. They are microprocessor controlled and have multi-stage charging which is much better on the battery. Look on line, I picked up one about 2 years ago for $60. Currently I'm seeing 100 - 150 on ebay. Good luck.
Joe417 07/21/22 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Sealing my TC's EPDM Roof

This is just my experience, we have a 21 year old 5th W. with the original EPDM and no coatings added. I keep it under a roof when not in use and wash it and put a rubber roof conditioner on it every other year. It is in very good shape for it's age. Our 2005 TC had the Dicor coating on it when I bought it in 2012. It has held up very well. After, I am guessing about 50K miles, it had a few scratches in the coating, not the EPDM, so I recoated it last year. I have replaced the EPDM on 2 of our previous campers and I think that one would have been an excellent candidate for the coating rather than replacing the rubber. I had no experience with it at the time. I will use the coating in the future as long as there is no damage to the decking. You do need to clean it well and use the Dicor cleaner/activator so that is sticks well. 1 gallon was enough to put 1 coat on our TC. If it were the first coat I would have put 2. The most time consuming part about using the Dicor was putting plastic over the sides to keep the cleaner/activator off. I don't know if it will actually damage the fiberglass but I didn't want to take the chance. It was in the spring but was too hot and the tape kept coming loose. I think it took me about 6 hours as I had to keep climbing up and down from the roof and I had no helper. Good luck.
Joe417 07/19/22 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 2007 OKanagan 117

Yes. The water shouldn't be going back through the pump. Could be something holding the pump valves open or the pump may be bad.
Joe417 07/16/22 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: no power to 12 volt battery with shore power'

Some RVs have an auto reset circuit breaker in the line from the battery to the fuse block. These have been know to go bad. They are available at any auto parts store.
Joe417 07/13/22 10:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Do you think this can be repaired?

If you are mechanically capable I think these would be great rebuild projects. I've enjoyed this kind of project. Once you've done these types of repair you'll know exactly what condition the TC is in. It would be a learning experience for you. I've rebuilt the roof on several campers and the roof and front end of our last TC, including delaminated fiberglass. The TC roof and front end rebuild took me 2 month as I was still working a regular job. The only help I had was my wife. If you aren't satisfied with how something turns out, you may end up re-doing some things. I learned how to laminate the fiberglass on the front of our TC twice. About 2 extra days. The alternative is pay someone else or buy something else. Goodluck,
Joe417 07/13/22 10:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Southeast TC Gathering - FALL 2022 ???

We haven't gone anywhere in quite a while. That time of the year would be nice. We are looking for a reason to go.
Joe417 06/01/22 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

The thermistor won't cause that much difference in temp. I had the same issue with our Norcold. Freezer worked but fridge didn't. I had to replace the cooling unit last fall. The test to prove cooling unit operation, disconnect the AC heating element from the control board and connect the AC heating element directly to AC power and allow it to run overnight. Next morning, it should be below freezing in both the fridge and freezer. I replaced ours with a Dutch Aire and it seems to be a more efficient unit than the Norcold. Like you, we discovered our fridge problem as we got ready to take a trip. Fortunately, we have a 12V chest cooler and it didn't stop our trip. Good Luck
Joe417 05/18/22 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Aqua Magic IV toilet part

I couldn't find the sheet I thought I had on the rebuild kit but did find the following online. https://techsupport.pdxrvwholesale.com/technical-service-manuals/thetford-aqua-magic-iv-hand-flush/
Joe417 05/15/22 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Aqua Magic IV toilet part

Certain aspects of camping are sooooo pleasant. I think I have a sheet that came with the rebuild kit. I'll see if I can find it.
Joe417 05/15/22 12:24pm Tech Issues
Need help understanding how to set up an ARP device

I installed a Dutch Aire absorption cooling unit in my fridge last year. It works great. I installed an ARP fridge defend at the same time which will run a day or two and then cut the unit off. I did change the ARP setting for the Dutch Aire unit, and per the ARP device, it isn't overheating so there seems to be something I'm missing in the set up. I exchanged a few emails with ARP last year but they say read the manual. I found the manual, for me, to be unclear as to what and why a setting needs to be changed. So many say it works great on their Norcold or Dometic cooling unit. I'm feeling like I wasted a bunch of money on this. I was wondering if anyone has one working with a Dutch Aire cooling unit and might share their settings. ( this is on a N641 fridge ) Thanks,
Joe417 05/15/22 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: Happijac new vs old?

That is good info to know. Nice to have someone prove the fit without speculation. I wonder why Happijac/Lippert wouldn't confirm the jack as a replacement. Thanks..
Joe417 01/18/22 09:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac new vs old?

I don't think I have any info that will help you, just the same info you've already acquired. From what I've gathered, the new vertical motor is not compatible with the old controller. You will need to replace the controller also if you use the new motors. I'm not sure if the 4820 is compatible with the old motors. I had a Texas dealer tell me they were not. The 4800 was compatible with the old motor but Lippert/Happijac seems to have discontinued them. I tried to contact Happijac quite a few times last summer to get some straight information about the 4800s but got no response from them. I assume based on their silent business practices, happijac intends to force one to buy a complete jack system. I have 4500s which I believe are rated the same as the 4600s you have. They lift my TC but I don't think they are strong enough to handle it. They make me nervous. Back in June, I started to replace my 4500s (jacks only) with the 4820s but, since I couldn't determine what happijac component may be compatible with what and I didn't want to spend what a complete 4820 system cost, I ended up straightening and rebuilding my 4500 jack myself (for the time being). I also found that the Reico Titan system handles about the same weight as the 4820 and was selling at that time for a bit less. If all your jacks need is re-greasing, there is a good video out there at http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/22881036.cfm . I've seen a few posts that say happijac will refurbish them for you.
Joe417 01/03/22 10:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 2001 920 truck camper

Ron I think Kayteg1 is talking about looking at the other outlets to see if you find a loose wire that exits a receptacle going (possibly) to the one that doesn't work. Many TC use insulation displacement receptacles where the wire is pressed into the outlet. Very similar to a Scotch lock connector. These aren't necessarily great connections. Also, make sure you check the one the fridge is plugged into.
Joe417 12/20/21 08:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 2001 920 truck camper

If it goes behind the fridge, it may run from the receptacle in the outside fridge compartment. I'm just guessing. The TCs I've had only had 3 circuits. A left and right 110V receptacle circuit and the air conditioner. You can pick up a wall scanner that has stud, metal, and AC scan to trace the path. On our TC, both circuits have a GFI. One of those could be tripped.
Joe417 12/20/21 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: North Star 650

Back in 2012, I took out a 9" mattress and put in a high density 6" foam mattress in our previous camper to give us enough head room. Liked it so well we moved it to our current camper when we purchased it. Worked great for us. Our camper didn't have under bed storage.
Joe417 12/09/21 11:56pm Truck Campers
RE: 3500 CC Running boards?

I'm speculating that Dodge/RAM/FIAT (my sister-in-law always corrects me if I say Dodge) offers something similar to GM. (I'm stuck in the past, I also call Nissans Datsun). I put a set of what GM calls work truck running boards on mine. They were all black, which matched my new(a year ago) truck which is gray and has no chrome except the wheels. They run the length of the cab. The step is very solid, the surface is a texture that is very non-slip, and they bolt to existing mounting locations with no adapters. They also cost less than many of the cheap aftermarket steps.
Joe417 12/04/21 10:13am Truck Campers
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